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HSR will try again. Party plans to pick Burovs as their mayoral candidate

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Olegs Burovs

The board of political party Honour to Serve Riga (HSR) has picked the acting Mayor of Riga Olegs Burovs as the party’s official mayoral candidate.

Burovs is currently the only candidate considered by the party.

The party’s chairman Andris Ameriks told journalists that Burovs was supported unanimously. According to Americs, HSR picked its own candidate because according to the party there was no reason for the non-confidence vote against Dainis Turlais.

«We have also noticed that what is most important now is not political games but ensuring function of the city council, and Burovs is one of the most experienced city council deputies who can offer a plan for the future,» said Ameriks.

HSR’s board decided today to form a group that will include four people – Burovs, Ameriks, party’s board member Mareks Gailītis and faction leader Vjačeslavs Stepaņenko. Their task will be discussing with all other city council factions prepared to meet with HSR.

On Friday, 28 June, the party plans to meet with Harmony and For Latvia’s Development faction. «We will hold talks with Independent Deputies Faction. We will speak with everyone ready to take responsibility over work performed by Riga City Council,» says Ameriks.

The next meeting of the city council is scheduled for 10 July. Until then HSR hopes to have secured Burovs support from more than 31 deputies. The party wants to gather more than 31 signatures because, although enough to elect a mayor, this amount is not enough to ensure constructive work of the city council.

If the party fails to gather enough signatures, the topic of Burovs’ approval as mayor will not be added to the meeting’s agenda.

When asked how the party plans to convince city council colleagues to support their candidate, Burovs said: «It is not possible to promise something to everyone. We are a city party and we will resolve economic issues. All 60 deputies have received mandate to resolve economic issues. No one expects us to talk from a tribune – people expect action.»

Burovs agreed with Ameriks that 31 votes would not be enough to work with, so HSR is prepared to enter discussions with all factions and not draw any ‘red lines’.

At the beginning of the year Burovs was elected Vice-Mayor of Riga. He took on responsibilities of the mayor when Nils Ušakovs was suspended from his post in April. When Burovs’ colleague Dainis Turlais was elected mayor, he planned to step down. However, the split in Harmony caused him to reconsider. On top of that, Burovs once again became acting chairman of Riga City Council following Turlais’ no-confidence vote.

If no new mayor is elected in Riga in the next two months, Latvia’s Saeima will have the right to initiate the city council’s dissolution.

Until now the majority of Riga City Council’s opposition has noted that they want emergency elections. For Latvia’s Development faction, however, noted that the opposition would do better by picking a mayoral candidate. Parties have yet to perform any specific actions in this regard.

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